What is God doing? What is God saying? This is an age old question. One that has been asked and I am sure will continue to be asked through out the ages until he returns. I have a challenge with this question, and it is this, as I read the scriptures I find that God very rarely says ‚ ONE thing‚ the Bible closes with God speaking to the church in the opening pages of the book of Revelation, that book of the blessings when it is read he speaks to 7 churches with 7 different words.
So what is he saying today? I believe He is saying many things around the globe. However whatever way I look at it, and whenever I hear the word of the Lord, I am convinced that He is not silent and is moving powerfully by the Spirit in this hour, in unprecedented ways. I sense that I can cry out and believe for the ‚ Harvest of the Nations in our generation, a Revival move of God that will bring about transformation in society.
Sandra, my wife, and I were commissioned of God in San Diego to go and call in a wave of God, a wave of Revival that would move by the Spirit around the world. Our first port of call was Cape Aghulas, in South Africa, there we saw this wave rise from the deeps of the ocean, even the locals said they had not seen such waves before. A wave of the Spirit is on, we have to call it into being, through the spoken word, hunger, and passion, and we must maintain it until it circulates the globe.
I believe that at this moment, God is bringing to the church, three ‚ I’s, as I call them Intimacy, where God is drawing close to us with an intimate, fathers love. Immediacy, that we are all aware of the immediate presence of God, with no need for spiritual exercises, but the closeness of God comes with immediacy. Imagination, where we are seeing the redemption of our imagination, where God can fill and speak to us in the realm of our imagination.
In this hour we should take on heavens priorities, and join with Isaiah’s cry, Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch. The nations will see your righteousness. World leaders will be blinded by your glory. And you will be given a new name by the LORD”s own mouth, ¶ Give the LORD no rest until he completes his work, until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.‚ (Isaiah 61:1, 7)
Lets follow David’s declaration of what is important when he said ‚ “May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I fail to remember you, if I don’t make Jerusalem my greatest joy.” (Psalm 137:6)
These words restated in the language of today is… “I am ready to loose my gift if I do not put your priority at the centre of my life, as my highest goal, giving voice and life to what you have as the Apple of your eye‚ God I want to line up with your burning zeal for your House.
This Jerusalem is not a long gone historic city or one that will come to a geographical place but it is the Bride of Christ, the Body of Christ, the Church proclaiming and living the Kingdom of God, the Church of God, a people born of the Holy Spirit. He loves his church; it is His answer to his creation in bringing the message of His Christ and the Kingdom of God!
What is important is not only what He is saying, but what is he doing, where do we see His work? Where do we see His will being done?
Clearly there is a strong move in the world today that is heralded by the advance of the Kingdom of God and its message. As a church we are finally returning to the only message Jesus had, that is, the message of the Kingdom, this I believe is God’s heart and burden. We are to give voice to the message that Jesus came to declare; finally it’s no more the message of the Church but that of the Kingdom of God and it is being proclaimed by the Church of God!
For thirty years, I have worked to proclaim the message of Kingdom in areas of family, personal character, finance, accountability, government, Ephesians 4:11 ministries being restored, and today a fresh wave is coming again, bringing a fuller understanding of the Kingdom. I see three prongs to this kingdom advance, one of these prongs, thrust, is the coming of the Kingdom in signs, wonders, and miracles, with signs following an Apostolic Church, a church hungry for its head, Christ Jesus. Being led by a faceless people moved by the Fathers love not by spiritual superstars but rather all who believe. The Kings Domain is coming near and every other domain has to bow the knee. Men such as Bill Johnson from Redding, California are both writing and heralding this, as well as many others. The focus with each of these ministries is a burden to take it to the street into the societies in which we live.
The other prong, thrust, is a message of the Kingdom that has a redemptive implication to society, not an escapism mentality, but one that takes up stewardship for our creation, taking the Kingdom to our society and to creation ultimately. Seeing the Kingdom of our Christ molding and restoring society through you and me.
That finally we will see the coming to pass of Isaiah 58:12 (NASB) “Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; And you will be called the repairer of the breach, The restorer of the streets in which to dwell”‚ and echoed again in Zechariah 8:4, 5 (Message) ‚ “Old men and old women will come back to Jerusalem, sit on benches on the streets and spin tales, move around safely with their canes – a good city to grow old in. And boys and girls will fill the public parks, laughing and playing – a good city to grow up in.”
This move of God across the earth effecting society works largely through discipling. The people of God, involved with this move are realizing that they should go out and start communities of Christ where they live, these groups are known as Emerging Church, Organic Church, Simple Church, and these expressions are growing all across the world. In the USA 15 million believers have left established Church structures during the last 5 years to become a part of this emerging move, in the UK some 40,000 simple churches have emerged in the last 18 months, there is a move of God on here. God is working doing something!
Men such As Brian McLaren cry out if we do not change, transform society with the gospel – what is the point? Men such Floyd Mclung (YWAM and Metro Church, Kansas City) even establishing a Simple Church college in Cape Town!
What it all means, is that for the first time we could have a broader Kingdom message embracing the three advances of God to bring about transformation to see Jesus return to a Church that has overcome! With this proclamation of the Kingdom message of Jesus one cannot disregard the growth of a fresh hunger for his authentic Presence and Revival, a Revival first in the people of God becoming so hungry for him, then so filled with him that they will go to every walk of life, school, office, factory, home taking the fire of God with them in their hunger.
We have not yet fully realized the movement that is going on in the Spirit realm, moving heaven, the world is catching up with the moving of God that has been in the supernatural realm since the turn of the Century.
There is growing, in church after church, a people of God who are hungry, a hunger which goes beyond where it has been for years, it is a tangible hunger, there is an intense fire burning in hearts for his presence, a growing hunger. It is a hunger that we will need to persist in and not allow it come and burn out quickly over night but sustain until the Revival arrives at your door. We have to learn to persevere in this hunger for God.
What is God doing then? We have to realize that we are watching and dealing with things that we do not understand today, it reminds me of the wisdom of Proverbs 14:4 “Without oxen a stable stays clean.” Today we have to realize that where God is working it gets messy. Just consider the Corinthian Church with God moving strongly. What a challenge for those who want it done, decently and in order‚ Whose order is the question?
Recently I came across a definition for wisdom that stated, “the ability to act with knowledge while doubting what you know.” that will challenge most of us particularly the theologians, but it is the reality of progressive revelation. Consider this example, those who once preached against speaking in tongues but Gods grace broke in on them, and they spoke, it went outside what they held to so dearly and God was bigger. It is an hour to be flexible in our walk with God, knowing that he is so much bigger than our finite minds.
So what is God doing? Things are so evidently different to days gone by. Have we not cried for new ways, new wine, a new thing? Can we believe that what we are seeing could be the beginning of the Harvest of the Nations. One thing I am convinced of is that the movings of God we see and hear, are creating a burning hunger in His people, which is a fundamental key for our hour.
We believe that there is a move of God to put Revival in our spirits that we walk in a Revival atmosphere with in our own lives and subsequently who ever comes in contact with us will be revived and confronted by the Kingdom of God that makes all other kingdoms bow!
I pray that your hunger is stirred for a wave of God to touch you, and cause you to reach your world right NOW!
Whatever we see, experience and hear at this time we must see it as fruit bearing that is:
Lives are being transformed into the fullness of Christ;
The church is becoming full of life
Lives are finding Jesus through Peoples life stories
Finally society is being impacted on every level, politically, educationally socially in order that justice and righteousness will ring through the whole fabric of day-to-day life.
Your Kingdom Come…….